Our Missouri Podcast

Welcome to Our Missouri, a podcast about the people, places, culture, and history of the 114 counties and independent city of St. Louis that comprise the great state of Missouri. Each episode focuses on a topic related to the state ranging from publications about Missouri’s history to current projects undertaken by organizations to preserve and promote local institutions.

The Our Missouri Podcast engages with experts and scholars on a variety of topics related to the state's complex history and culture. Each episode is recorded in the J. Christian Bay Rare Books Room at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Columbia Research Center, and is generously provided to you by the State Historical Society of Missouri, thanks to the support of members and donors. Join host Sean Rost as he explores what makes Our Missouri.

New episodes are posted twice a month. You can also subscribe via Apple iTunes, Google Podcast, or Stitcher.

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Episodes

Episode 47: "American Confluence" – Stephen Aron (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 7)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages.

Episode 46: Louis Houck and "the Histories" – Joel P. Rhodes (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 6)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages. In this episode, Joel P.

Episode 45: Michael Fellman's "Inside War" – Joseph M. Beilein Jr. (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 5)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages. In this episode, Joseph M. Beilein, Jr.

Episode 44: Understanding Civil War Missouri – Louis Gerteis (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 4)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages.

Episode 43: "Gateway to Equality" – Keona Ervin (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 3)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages.

Episode 42: "Across Our Wide Missouri" – Bob Priddy (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 2)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages.

Episode 41: Labor & Fortune on the Missouri Border – Jarod Roll (Bicentennial Book Club, Part 1)

In honor of the state's 200th birthday, Our Missouri will feature a series throughout 2021 entitled "Bicentennial Book Club," which highlights influential books related to Missouri and examines how scholars, historians, and authors dissect major topics in the state's history. So, join the "Book Club" to hear about award-winning publications that detail the state's diverse history, as well as the stories behind the stories featured within their pages.

Episode 40: William Monks & "A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas" – John Bradbury (Border Wars, Part 7)

With the announced renewal of the Missouri-Kansas sports rivalry in 2019, Our Missouri opens the first half of Season 3 with an examination of the origins and history behind this rivalry, while also looking at the conflicts that defined Missouri's borders and identity before, during, and after the Civil War. This episode features a conversation with John Bradbury about his edited volume, with Lou Wehmer, of William Monks' memoir, A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas: Being an Account of the Early Settlements, the Civil War, the Ku-Klux, and Times of Peace.

Episode 39: "Slavery on the Periphery" – Kristen Epps (Border Wars, Part 6)

With the announced renewal of the Missouri-Kansas sports rivalry in 2019, Our Missouri opens the first half of Season 3 with an examination of the origins and history behind this rivalry, while also looking at the conflicts that defined Missouri's borders and identity before, during, and after the Civil War. This episode features a conversation with Kristen Epps about her book, "Slavery on the Periphery: The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras," published by University of Georgia Press.

Episode 38: The Border War of 1960-61 (Border Wars, Part 5)

With the announced renewal of the Missouri-Kansas sports rivalry in 2019, Our Missouri opens the first half of Season 3 with an examination of the origins and history behind this rivalry, while also looking at the conflicts that defined Missouri's borders and identity before, during, and after the Civil War. This episode takes the listener back 60 years to the fateful school year of 1960-61 when the rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas escalated to such an intense level that both schools debated cancelling future athletic events.